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Old 06-30-23, 03:47 PM
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I just peeked at the Waterford auction. Everything seems to be framebuilding equipment. Might want to wander on over if you're looking to fill a hole in your shop.
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Old 06-30-23, 05:11 PM
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things like this always happen when I'm fresh out of room. They didn't seem to have any tubing, or did I just miss it?
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I saw nothing but machinery. Makes me think they sold tubing, lugs, decals, etc privately in the run-up to closing.
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Eclectic array of equipment.
an interesting unit appears to be a hydraulic press for dimpling chainstays that was from Schwinn Chicago.
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Wow just started

i want that paint booth
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The finishing equipment is old, but pretty nice. Couldn't figure out what everything was, looks like they had some ovens, maybe for baking paint. And I hadn't previously noted the dip tanks.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
I saw nothing but machinery. Makes me think they sold tubing, lugs, decals, etc privately in the run-up to closing.
I checked out the on line auction listings and saw a number of lots of tubes. Most all were in boxes and so if just glancing at the listings one might not know they were seeing tubes.

Were I 35 years younger than I am... Andy (who wondered if the Bridgeport mills would really sell for under $100 each)
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart
I checked out the on line auction listings and saw a number of lots of tubes. Most all were in boxes and so if just glancing at the listings one might not know they were seeing tubes.

Were I 35 years younger than I am... Andy (who wondered if the Bridgeport mills would really sell for under $100 each)
True. Now. When I originally looked, machinery was really all there was (on whatever auction site the Waterford site linked to). I looked at the Proxibid site today that someone posted on CR and saw all the tubing, lugs, etc. My thinking is that the listing weren't complete when I checked, and just wrote the whole thing off. Hopefully, the delay listing everything didn't cost the Waterford peeps some higher prices.
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Okay, I see what might be a lifetime supply of true temper. I bet some of those cabinets have a lot of parts in them.

I assume the frames were already sold.

Most of the anvil fixtures went for good prices. Although some of them looked destroyed

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Interesting that much of the tubing and fittings went to only a few bidders. As the steel frame market shrinks and morphs into a disc brake and E-bike future, I wonder who bought all this stuff ?

Wasn't Waterford pretty much the last medium sized, contract / production builder left in the U.S. ?
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There is more interest in steel framebuilding than there has been in a long time. That stuff didn't go for what it was worth though.
Lugs and disc brakes go together great. It's true that Waterford was fairly unique in the U.S.
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